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Government

  • Two Republicans vie for ag commissioner nomination

    James Comer of Tompkinsville and Rob Rothenburger of Shelbyville are seeking to become Kentucky's next Commissioner of Agriculture.

    Before either has a chance to make that happen, one will have to win the Republican nomination in the May 17 primary, however.

    The current ag commissioner, Richie Farmer, is running for lieutenant governor on David Williams' ticket. Comer and Rothenburger hope to keep Farmer's seat in Republican hands.

  • State of Emergency declared

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly on Tuesday declared a state of emergency due to the effects of flooding April 25-26 in Marion County.
    Judge Mattingly said state officials asked county officials to go ahead an issue states of emergency. The county has had some isolated damage, but nothing like the damage during the ice storm in 2009 or the flooding last year.

  • Fiscal court meets at 4 p.m., April 21

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. today, April 21, at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    Items on the agenda include:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting.

    - Workers compensation insurance renewal with KACo.

    - A status report from Delena Trent of The Caring Place

    - A report on co-op funding from the Marion County Area Technology Center

    - Payment to the Marion County Clerk for preparation of tax bills

    - Agreement with the City of Lebanon to share E-911 contracts

  • Candidate for State Treasurer - Steve Hamrick

    Steve Hamrick

     

    Date of birth: 11/18/50

     

    Family: Seven Children; Eleven Grandchildren, Married to Karen Grim Spragens Hamrick

    Born in Murray Kentucky, Father William D. Hamrick was First Superintent of KenLake State Park

    Four of my children are from Marion County and all have lived in county.

     

  • Government offices closing for Easter holiday

    With Easter this Sunday, April 24, several government offices will be closed for the holiday.

    The Marion Circuit Clerk's Office, the Marion County Clerk's Office, Marion County Judge/Executive's Office and the Marion County Sheriff's Office will close at noon on Friday, April 22, and reopen at 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 25. Calls for service from the sheriff's office should go through the Lebanon Police Dispatch at 692-2121.

  • Treasured seat

    Kentucky Democrats have two choices in the primary election for state treasurer.

    Incumbent Todd Hollenbach is seeking re-election, but he is facing a challenge from someone familiar to Marion County residents, Steve Hamrick.

    The Enterprise contacted both candidates, but as of press time, only Hamrick (a former Marion County economic development director) had responded to the candidate questionnaire. Hamrick's complete questionnaire will also appear online at www.lebanonenterprise.com.

  • Secretary of State candidate - Alison Grimes

    Alison Lundergan Grimes

     

    (Grimes did not fill out a questionnaire. The information below was taken from a phone interview.)

     

    Date of birth: I won't be the youngest Secretary of State if elected, but I will be one of the youngest female Secretarys of State, if I am elected. Trey Grayson was 30. I will be 33.

     

    FAMILY: 

  • Secretary of State Candidate Questionnaire - Elaine Walker

    Elaine N. Walker

     

    ADDRESS: 1303 State Street Bowling Green, KY

     

    Date of birth: August 1951 

     

    FAMILY: Married for 33 years to C. Dorian Walker.  Daughter, Erin, age 28, television producer/writer currently pursuing MBA at Columbia University; Son, Evan, age 26, Project Engineer, Turner Universal.

     

  • County approves funding for youth sports programs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has approved funding for the Marion County Middle School baseball team and for the local 4-H shooting sports program.

    The court approved these requests during its April 7 meeting.

    Jessica Bagwell, the coordinator for the 4-H Sure Shots, and members of the team made their request to the magistrates. The court agreed to provide $2,500 from the general fund.

  • Council tables tourism decision

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission has received a temporary reprieve.

    Monday evening, the Lebanon City Council tabled the first reading of an amendment to the city's tourism ordinance that would have eliminated the restaurant tax that provides the bulk of the commission's revenue stream.

    Instead, the council voted 5-1 to allow the commission to develop a plan for changes within 90 days of receiving input from community organizations. Councilman Jerry Abell cast the dissenting vote.